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The great French scientist Louis Pasteur said, "Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages." That may not be current medical science, but the French have taken it to heart. A hospital in south central France plans to open an in-house bar for wine tasting by patients in palliative care. The Local reports:
Sipping wine may not be a traditional method of treatment for patients who are terminally ill but according to Dr Virginie Guastella, the head of the hospital unit who proposed the idea, it can help them and their loved ones to relax and converse.
“A situation can be palliative for several weeks or even several months and it’s because life is so precious and real until the end that we decided to cultivate all that is fine and good,” Dr Guastella told The Local.
“It’s a way of rethinking the care of others, taking into account their feelings and emotions that make them a human being.”
The wine bar project was launched, she said, "in an attempt to restore longing, taste, desire and even pleasure.”